Posted: 27 Mar 2014

Want to know more about Malbec? Try Dan Sims’ top 5

Dan SimsWine guru Dan Sims (right) is a massive fan of Malbec, Argentina’s famed wine variety, but he reckons more people should discover the delights of this oh-so-juicy red.

So Dan is bringing together more than 80 Malbec varieties at the inaugural Gauchito Gil’s World Malbec Day. This massive wine tasting event is slotted for the night before Good Friday (April 17) at Ormond Hall from 5.30pm-10pm.

The $35 ticket includes a tasting glass to have a crack at wines from both Argentina and Australia, with entertainment thrown in. Empanadas will be on sale from Piqueos, Huxtable, San Telmo, Bellota and El Alamo – all battling for the coveted Golden Empanada trophy on the night.

If you want to get a head start on your Malbec knowledge, these are Dan’s top 5 (including one of his own wines… the cheeky bugger).

1. Matchbox Malbec, 2013

Matchbox Wine Co, Clare Valley, South Australia

This wine is almost fluro purple and literally jumps out of the glass at you. Sourcing Malbec vines that are more than 40 years old, Matchbox are showing just how juicy Malbec in Australia can be.

2. Arturo Malbec, 2012

Chalmers Wines, Heathcote, Victoria

The first release of this Malbec from the Chalmers girls shows super potential. While to heads along a more savoury line, there is still plenty of bright and vibrant fruit at its core. Did I mention it also has a very pretty wine label?

3. Achavel Ferrer Malbec, 2011

Achavel Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina

Without doubt, this is one of my favourite producers in Argentina. These guys have a ridiculous attention to detail and the wines are amazing. This wine is a blend of various sub-regions within Mendoza and gives you a more rounded and textured feel.

4. Two Men ‘Uco Valley’ Malbec, 2012

Two Men, Mendoza, Argentina

Yes, I made this but hey, it’s the best wine I’ve ever made (also the first – ahem). Sourced from high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley (1000 metres) this is all about accessibility and drinkability. Loads crunchy blue fruits, spice and texture. Not your typical big boned Malbec… more refreshing.

5. Jed Malbec, 2012

Jed Wines, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is made by a bunch of Aussie blokes who fell in love with Argentina and her styles of wine (and who can blame them). Again from the Uco Valley though shows a little more density than the Two Men. Still, loads of dark purple fruit and that classic refreshing tannin you get form Malbec.

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